Asa Baurle is ready for the biggest fight of his young boxing career.
The 11-year-old southpaw who sports the nickname â€œAsa the Eraserâ€ is in training for the New England Silver Mittens Boxing Tournament that begins Monday in Lowell. Baurle will fight in the semifinals against an opponent in the 60-65 pound weight class. If he wins, heâ€™ll return to the ring the next night for the championship fight.
â€œAsa won this tournament last year and Mickey Wardâ€™s trainer [Mickey Keefe] presented him the trophy,â€ said Brett Baurle, Asaâ€™s father.
Asa has been working our regularly at the Nonantum Boxing Club in Newton. Heâ€™s looking sharp in his sparring sessions, according to his father.
â€œHeâ€™s weighing in at about 63 pounds. Heâ€™s a southpaw with a devastating left hook and a straight right jab thatâ€™s unstoppable,â€ said Brett Baurle.
Asaâ€™s trainer, Marc Gargaro, said the key to victory is scoring points in the three one-minute rounds.
â€œAsa looks great â€“ what weâ€™re working on is just scoring points [judges at ringside determine the winner by the number of punches each fighter lands],â€ said Gargaro.
Gargaro says that Asa is very athletic and has exceptional speed. Heâ€™s been sparring [which is practice boxing] against older [12-13 year-old] fighters.
Asa is receiving a lot of support from his family as he prepares to go after the New England title. Asaâ€™s mother Laura and seven-year-old sister Ana are also in his corner. In fact, Ana sometimes attends workouts and jumps rope with her talented older brother.
Also supportive of Asaâ€™s boxing career is Chris Young of MSA Mortgage who is credited with giving Asa his clever nickname.